Fast-moving teams to target PM and CMPO heads: Witthaya
February 17, 2014 00:00 By THE NATION
THE PEOPLE'S Democratic Reform Committee will form two fast-deployment teams to hound caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and key members of the Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order, a PDRC leader said yesterday.
Witthaya Kaewparadai, a PDRC leader, said the two teams would shadow Yingluck and key Cabinet members as well as Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO) leaders to let them know how the people feel about them.
Witthaya announced the measure to retaliate against an earlier announcement by caretaker Labour Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung, who is the CMPO director, that he would use all possible measures to allow Yingluck to return to work at Government House.
Witthaya said the PDRC would today hold a rally outside the Office of the Permanent Secretary for Defence to pressure the CMPO.
Yingluck yesterday stayed home amid tightened security by police. Sources said she was monitoring the political and security agencies who updated her regularly on the situation.
Earlier yesterday, no important government figures went to work at the Office of the Defence Permanent Secretary. At 2.15pm, General Nipat Thonglek, the permanent secretary for defence, went to his office to check how security officials had made preparations to deal with the protests today.
Nipat went to study the preparations after the PDRC announced it would hold a rally. Farmer leader Rawee Rungruang, who is chairman of the Western Farmers Club, said he also would hold a rally at the office.
Rawee said he would demand the government update his group on when farmers would receive money for their rice sold to the government under the rice-pledging scheme.